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Cycling Injuries

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Common Cycling Injuries

If you are a seasoned cyclist or just someone who just enjoys cycling to work, it doesn’t matter, there will be something of value in this blog for you.

The blog explains some of the most common muscle and joint injuries associated with cycling. Especially the type of injuries that aren’t related to crashes, collisions or falls. It will outline what to do when you have an injury, it will explain when you need to seek help, and it will help you with injury prevention.

There are potentially many different causes of injury.  It can be down to lack of experience or environmental hazards; it can also be down to rider errors, lack of self-care, overuse, or inadequate equipment.

Cycling injuries

Common Cycling Injuries

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Osteopathy, helping cyclist.

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Cyclist and osteopathy

Cyclists, a lot of people use cycling as a means of exercise and not just a means of transport.

  • There are approximately 1.5 million cyclists over the age of 18 in Great Britain who cycle every day or nearly every day.
  • In 2014, 183,423 employees took part in the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’. That was a new record.
  • According to the National Travel Survey, about 7% of the population aged 5+ cycled three or more times a week in 2016.
  • (Facts and figures from We Are Cycling UK)
  • This blog is going to discuss and address how osteopathy could help with cyclist injuries and performance. But first, let’s discuss how and why cyclists get injured:

 

Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

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Common Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common and mostly caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. However, they can also occur due to everyday activities such gardening and hanging curtains.

How do you know you have shoulder injuries? The most obvious sign is pain. Just like any other injury, if you are experiencing pain in shoulder you should consider the fact that you may have a shoulder injury. While pain can be a hallmark of shoulder injury, there are instances where injury is present without pain, particularly in chronic cases. Other signs and symptoms of shoulder injury include, but not limited to:

  • Stiffness. Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
  • Laxity. Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
  • Weakness. Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?
  • Persistent tingling or numbness in your upper limb

 

Common Shoulder Injuries

Common Shoulder Injuries

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Exercises to Improve Posture

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The problem of poor posture

Exercises to improve posture are so important.  As with so many areas of health and fitness, the subject of posture has increasingly come under review.

The old school way of describing the muscular-skeletal system was to compare it to a network of pulleys and levers.

As such, it was believed that if the muscles (the pulleys) were pulling too tight on the bones (the levers)  then this would create imbalances that lead to poor posture.

The goal was to redress muscle imbalances in terms of strength and weaknesses and to relieve areas of muscle tension.

Exercise can still help to address postural problems, but it is useful to put posture in its proper context first.

Exercises to improve posture

Exercises to improve posture

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Achilles Tendon Pain

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Don’t ignore achilles tendon pain

The achilles tendon is a thick bundle of collagen that runs from the strong muscles of the calves down to the ankle bone.

The achilles tendon is long and thick and is made to work incredibly hard. Unfortunately it has relatively poor blood supply and is therefore hard to keep supple. It can take a long time to repair if damaged.

If you start to feel pain or discomfort in this area it is a signal that you simply mustn’t ignore.

Achilles tendonitis, and other damage to the achilles, can signal the start a long lay off from training, and could significantly hamper performance in the future if not managed properly.

Here we give a quick overview of how to look after the achilles, and suggest how to treat it should it get damaged.

Achilles Tendon Pain

Achilles Tendon Pain

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What is Runner’s Knee?

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A background to runner’s knee

Despite it’s name runner’s knee is not exclusively found among runner’s. It is, however, extremely common among runner’s and that is how it got it’s nickname.

And now with the balmy days of summer almost over, with the Great North Run recently completed and  the London Marathon ballot due in a matter of weeks; recreational runners everywhere are lacing up their trainers.

As always, prevention is better than cure. So before you starting pounding the pavement, let’s take a quick look at runner’s knee and find out what it is, why it happens and how to avoid it.

 

What is runner's knee?

What is runner’s knee?

 

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

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Have you got Plantar Fasciitis?

You get out of bed in the morning and the first few steps cause a sharp pain.

Be careful! You may have plantar fasciitis.

It’s an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot.

It often starts gradually and only as mild pain. And bizarrely, you’re more likely to feel it after exercise rather than during exercise.

But if you do get that pain first thing in the morning, or after a period of sitting down, the alarm bells should start ringing.

So what is Plantar Fasciitis? And what measures should you take to look after yourself?

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

 

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What to do for shin splints

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Shin splints – a kick in the shins to the recreational athlete!

That’s exactly how it can feel. Shin splints is an acute pain.

It is however a general term that refers to a pain down the front of the lower leg or shins.

It is a pain that is brought on by exercise, often in runners who run on hard surfaces, but it is also commonly found from participants in stop-start sports like tennis and basketball.

Let’s take a closer look at what to do for shin splints – the symptoms, the ways to prevent them and possible treatments.

What to do for shin splints

What to do for shin splints

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How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has a nasty habit of creeping up on you very slowly.

It often takes people by surprise and can not only be very frustrating, but in some cases, quite devastating.

But what is it?

Is it the same as Repetitive Stress Injury? And what should you do if you suspect you have it?

 

How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome

How to treat carpal tunnel syndrome

 

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How to Deal with Common Golf Injuries

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What to do about common injuries in golf

Rory McIlroy recently pulled out of this year’s Open Championship due to an uncommon golf injury.

But if you spend more time swinging at a little white ball than kicking at an inflated pig’s bladder, what injuries should you be wary of?

Here we take a look at some of the more common golf injuries. We look at how they can be treated and give a couple of tips on how to minimise them.

 

Common Golf Injuries

Common Golf Injuries

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